The Ohio Supreme Court held that an insurer who settles a
personal injury claim with an accident victim has no duty to issue payment
directly to the victim’s former lawyer pursuant to a charging lien.
In the underlying personal injury matter, an automobile
accident victim hired a law firm to represent him. The victim and his law firm
entered into a contract that granted the law firm a charging lien on the
proceeds of any insurance payment, settlement, judgment, or verdict that might